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By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

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TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

National Organization for Marriage makes $86,080 ad buy for Burgmeier in HD90

By admin | 08.21.09 | 3:35 pm

According to a report filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board yesterday, the anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage has purchased $86,060 worth of television and radio ads to support Stephen Burgmeier, the Republican candidate in the special election in Iowa House District 90.

The “independent expenditure” report (pdf), which the group was required by law to file, is scant on any other details of the ad buy, and so far I do not see the ads published anywhere online. NOM Executive Director Brian S. Brown’s signature is at the bottom of the form, which lists a Washington, D.C., address.

It’s safe to say that in rural Iowa, $86,068 buys a lot of advertising time. It is comparable to the amount that some candidates — even in close races — will spend on television and radio over the course of a full-length general election campaign.

NOM is not the only group intervening on Burgmeier’s behalf. The Iowa Family Policy Center and Iowans for Tax Relief are both heavily involved in the race, but those groups are allowed to coordinate with the campaign, while NOM is prohibited from direct coordination by tax and campaign finance laws.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    So basically he is in the tank with extremists. Guess we will find out if it is an extremist district or not.

  • leedshomeowner

    I am getting sick and tired of outside religious and zealot groups telling us how to live. I wonder how many folks are just assuming he can buy the election on hate alone.

    sad. sad, and I always considered Iowa, a land of folks that treat everyone equally.

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  • maggiegallagher

    If by “anti-gay” you mean “support marriage as a union of husband and wife” I guess you could say this is accurate. The broad insult to all the Iowans who believe with us that marriage should be protections as a union of one man and one woman is unlikely to be missed by Iowans. Sorry we disagree, take care, Maggie

  • fred2

    weshlovrcm
    6 days ago
    [Christ commands us to help the needy. $86,000 could buy a lot of food for the hungry. http://bit.ly/19XuXG

    So, how much of your OWN money have to used to feed the hungry and clothe the naked?

    Didn't Jesus warn about pointing at the speck in someone's eye while ignoring the plank in your own eye? (see Matthew 7:4)

    P.S.

    Jesus also says marriage is a one man, one woman union:

    [He [Jesus Christ] answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”]

    Matthew 19: 4-6

  • fred2

    leedshomeowner 6 days ago

    [I am getting sick and tired of outside religious and zealot groups telling us how to live. I wonder how many folks are just assuming he can buy the election on hate alone.]

    You sound like Jim Crow supporters who wished “outside religious zealots” (e.g., Martin Luther King) would stop causing trouble, i.e., convince Southern Blacks to demand their voting rights.

    Iowans in this century can relate to those Jim Crow-era Blacks. Iowans' voting rights on marriage have been denied by pro-gay Democrats, who put bribes and political correctness ahead of freedom and democracy.

    So, groups like NOM are simply following the proud “outside religious zealot” tradition of Dr. King. I know he'd be proud.

  • fred2

    weshlovrcm
    6 days ago
    [Christ commands us to help the needy. $86,000 could buy a lot of food for the hungry. http://bit.ly/19XuXG

    So, how much of your OWN money have you used to feed the hungry and clothe the naked?

    Didn't Jesus warn about pointing at the speck in someone's eye while ignoring the plank in your own eye? (see Matthew 7:4)

    P.S.

    Jesus also says marriage is a one man, one woman union:

    [He [Jesus Christ] answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”]

    Matthew 19: 4-6

  • fred2

    leedshomeowner 6 days ago

    [I am getting sick and tired of outside religious and zealot groups telling us how to live. I wonder how many folks are just assuming he can buy the election on hate alone.]

    You sound like Jim Crow supporters who wished “outside religious zealots” (e.g., Martin Luther King) would stop causing trouble, i.e., convince Southern Blacks to demand their voting rights.

    Iowans in this century can relate to those Jim Crow-era Blacks. Iowans' voting rights on marriage have been denied by pro-gay Democrats, who put bribes and political correctness ahead of freedom and democracy.

    So, groups like NOM are simply following the proud “outside religious zealot” tradition of Dr. King. I know he'd be proud.

  • fred2

    weshlovrcm
    6 days ago
    [Christ commands us to help the needy. $86,000 could buy a lot of food for the hungry. http://bit.ly/19XuXG

    So, how much of your OWN money have you used to feed the hungry and clothe the naked?

    Didn't Jesus warn about pointing at the speck in someone's eye while ignoring the plank in your own eye? (see Matthew 7:4)

    P.S.

    Jesus also says marriage is a one man, one woman union:

    [He [Jesus Christ] answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”]

    Matthew 19: 4-6

  • fred2

    leedshomeowner 6 days ago

    [I am getting sick and tired of outside religious and zealot groups telling us how to live. I wonder how many folks are just assuming he can buy the election on hate alone.]

    You sound like Jim Crow supporters who wished “outside religious zealots” (e.g., Martin Luther King) would stop causing trouble, i.e., convince Southern Blacks to demand their voting rights.

    Iowans in this century can relate to those Jim Crow-era Blacks. Iowans' voting rights on marriage have been denied by pro-gay Democrats, who put bribes and political correctness ahead of freedom and democracy.

    So, groups like NOM are simply following the proud “outside religious zealot” tradition of Dr. King. I know he'd be proud.

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